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To celebrate the release of Assassin’s Creed, which stars Michael Fassbender and will hopefully save the video game movie genre from crumbling, we are taking a look back at our favorite films starring Fassbender, who has become a household name in less than 5 years. Without further adieu, here is my list:
5) Inglourious Basterds. Quentin Tarantino brings us a darkly comedic and disturbing look into World War II, as we follow a group of Jews who are fighting to kill as many Nazis as possible to avenge their fallen family and friends. With the signature Tarantino flair, this film is full of wit and long scenes of dialogue that never bores or disinterests. Fassbender plays in a supporting role as Lieutenant Archie Hicox, an English soldier that goes undercover as a German officer in order to assassinate Adolf Hitler in Operation Kino. What makes this movie so interesting is it’s account of history, and how it’s able to take such a dark and evil time and shine a funny light on it- giving us such rich characters that are able carry the film for it’s nearly 3 hour run time. This film stands out as one of Fassbender’s, and Tarantino’s, best films to date.
4) Steve Jobs. Written by the incredibly talented Aaron Sorkin, this film chronicles the life of Steve Jobs, told around the release of three of his products. Similar to this year’s Moonlight (read my review here), we follow one character in a strict three-act structure of a film, with each act occurring years apart from each other, but all of them involving the same plot thread and B-story. While the main story may be the release of the products and making Apple a successful company in a very competitive time, the real heart of the film is in the relationship with his daughter, which is a smaller but more important element in the film, and is what helps define Jobs in the film as a bit of an asshole. Fassbender’s performance in the film is one of it’s strongsuits, alongside Kate Winslet and even Seth Rogen. Without a doubt, though, my favorite scene in the film involves Jeff Daniels and Fassbender, and this scene is so emotionally raw and unhinged, making the scene unforgettable and the audience speechless. It’s not just a story about Steve Jobs as a representative of Apple, but Jobs as a person, and most importantly, as a father. And it’s a beautiful and enthralling experience.
3) X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here is a film that I watched three times in theaters and enjoyed so much each time, but the best experience that I had watching this movie was with the Rogue Cut on blu-ray, which is the far superior and more official version of the film. Michael Fassbender reprises his role as young Magneto in this sequel to First Class, giving us one of the best sequels in blockbuster history. In this film, we travel from the future to the past, which occurs as a result of Wolverine needing to be sent back in order to stop somebody who creates machines that are able to wipe out the Mutant race. As a culmination of the X-Men film series, this movie brings in all of the characters and raises the stakes to the highest point in the franchise, both in the future scenes of 2020 and the past scenes in 1970. Bryan Singer makes an explosive return to the X-Men series and brings us the best film in the saga (aside from X2), and allows the characters to be developed in ways that we could never have imagined in the first couple films. To know more about this series, read my post about it here.
2) Shame. My top two picks are both directed by Steve McQueen, who tells the story in this film about a man with a sex addiction, and how that addiction eats away at his life and at his relationships with the people he knows. In this film, Brandon is unable to connect with people as he develops poor expectations of people through his addiction, which leads to devastating results in his personal life. What I loved most about this film is the study of the character who is struggling in life as a friend, and as a brother, since he can only see people for their bodies and isn’t able to look at them in any other way. The cinematography and the score help make this film beautiful to watch and listen to, even though the film is often hard to watch because of it’s subject matter and character who spirals down a dark and ultimately dangerous path. Michelle Williams also gives a breathtaking performance as Brandon’s sister and friend, and she often steals the show of the scenes she is in, in no bad way, though. It’s a great movie to watch, but a haunting story that shouldn’t be watched in a group of people.
1) 12 Years a Slave. Here is a film, also by McQueen, that had me crying on the way home from the theater. Only two films hit me that this hard emotionally, and this was one of them, the other being Gravity but involving different emotions. This is the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man who is captured and sold into slavery for 12 years. While being a slave, he must try to befriend people who can help him and whom he can trust in order to inch closer and closer to being a free man. Along this heartbreaking and torturous journey, we see Solomon struggle in every way, and come across the most odious people in all of film history. There is no harder movie to watch that a film of this subject matter, and the how expertly this film was handled, including the long, drawn out scenes, made it unable to look away, but so hard to watch at the same time. Standing tall as one of the greatest films I’ve ever seen, it will rip your heart out and stomp on it, and leave you feeling so many emotions that you won’t know what to do besides cry your eyes dry.
Anyways, that’s my list for favorite Michael Fassbender films, what are yours? If you enjoyed this, comment and share! Don’t forget to check out my other posts or my Instagram account for even more content! As always, thanks for reading and I’ll see you soon!